What can I do?
To carry out its work St Jude's depends on the effort, enthusiasm, devotion and prayers of many people - and also their money. In 2007, a year in which we had no major projects or work on the building, it cost nearly £70000 to run the church. Full details of the finances are available each year at the Annual Church Meeting (in 2008 it will be on 27 April), and afterwards.
St Jude's can recover income tax at the basic rate if you are a taxpayer and you have filled out a Gift Aid declaration. This makes an important contribution to our income.
How can I pay?
There are two ways: by standing order (monthly, quarterly or annually), or by using the weekly envelope scheme. Choose whichever suits you, and ask the treasurer or one of the churchwardens. Note that we cannot recover tax if you put money loose in the collection bag.
How much should I give?
Only you can answer that question. The Church of England suggests 5% of your income after tax. But it is up to you to consider your personal circumstances - maybe in comparison with spending on items like holidays, entertainment and hobbies.